Speculations about a rise in sales of both the Apple iPad as well as non-Apple tablet PCs involve high figures being projected for each. In numeric terms, while sales figures for the Apple iPad are expected to increase by an impressive 55 percent in 2012, the same for non apple tablet PCs are being predicted for an even more impressive 134 percent rise.
Demand for iPad continues to be strong even in the face of competitors virtually pouring in tablet PCs almost every other day. In fact, demand for the iPad is likely to aim for the heavens (if it isn’t already) once the new iPad 3 is brought along. Sales statistics for the iPad read 14 to 15 million units shipped in 2010 which is expected to jump up to 35 to 36 million units in 2011 and a further 54 – 55 million in 2012.
As for Android based tablet PCs, the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich during late 2011 is likely to be the turning point in its fortunes. So while the sales figures for Android tablets are being projected at 19 to 20 million, the number is expected to jump up to 44 to 45 million units in 2012.
Also, if these predictions indeed turn out to be true than what is evident is that the iPad will also be seen as the single largest selling tablet next year as well. Further, a collective sales figure of 45 million Android tablets projected for 2012 point out all other competitors will enjoy moderate success at best with not many rising to challenge the iPad dominance.
There are some more pointers available that will let us have a better idea of what to expect in the days to come. Like there is a new set of ARM processors that are in various stages of development at Nvidia, Texas Instrument and Qualcomm. The chips are slated for a release during either late 2011 or early 2012. By the end of September or early October there is also the expected arrival of the Nvidia’s new Tegra 3 chipset. This would be used by Asutek Computer for their second generation Eee Pad Transformer.
Tegra 3 is expected to provide much higher graphic processing capability when compared to the Tegra 2. Tegra 3 would also support quad-core and resolution would increase up to 2560 by 1600 while the ability to process 3D graphic files will increase by 5 times.
Market watchers expect a shift from Apple to Android devices as the Ice Cream sandwich OS would have ability to cross over different platforms on which devices like smartphones, tablet PCs, and LCD TVs are running these days.